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Rap star denies attempted murder
Remy Ma
Remy Ma was part of the successful US hip-hop group Terror Squad
Grammy-nominated rap artist Remy Ma has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and other offences after a woman was shot in New York on Saturday.

The 26-year-old, real name Remy Smith, appeared in court on Sunday.

She also denied charges of assault and criminal possession of a weapon after turning herself in to police.

The victim, Makeda Barnes-Joseph, 23, was shot in the chest in the city's Meatpacking District in early hours of Saturday and is stable in hospital.

Police found a luxury SUV owned by Remy Ma, which had been involved in a crash, abandoned three blocks away.

'Open mind'

Prosecutors said the victim and the rapper knew each other.

Remy Ma's lawyer Scott Leemon said: "I ask everyone to keep an open mind. Things are not always as they seem."

The artist was nominated for a Grammy as part of the Terror Squad for the 2004 US hit single Lean Back.

She has also had solo success with songs like Conceited and Feels So Good, and earned the best female hip-hop artist award at 2005's BET Awards.

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